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intr.v. se·nesced, se·nesc·ing, se·nesc·es
1. To grow old; age.
2. To stop dividing, as certain cells.

[Back-formation from senescent.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.senesce - grow old or oldersenesce - grow old or older; "She aged gracefully"; "we age every day--what a depressing thought!"; "Young men senesce"
turn - become officially one year older; "She is turning 50 this year"
fossilise, fossilize - become mentally inflexible
develop - grow, progress, unfold, or evolve through a process of evolution, natural growth, differentiation, or a conducive environment; "A flower developed on the branch"; "The country developed into a mighty superpower"; "The embryo develops into a fetus"; "This situation has developed over a long time"
dote - be foolish or senile due to old age
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If a host plant senesces before larvae reach diapause, the larvae starve unless they find another suitable plant.
We hypothesized that privet captures increased C during autumn months when the over-story canopy senesces and light levels in the under-story increase.
It means that senesce relating processes may be started because during senesces or fomentation consume the total soluble solids in oranges (Supraditareporn and Pinthong, 2007).